The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is an Australian Government program providing support for older Australians requiring assistance to remain living independently at home and in their own community. The CHSP is designed to provide entry level support to those who may find themselves seeking a little bit of help with some everyday tasks.
Home Care Packages on the other hand are designed to support those who require more complex aged care needs that go beyond what the Commonwealth Home Support Programme can provide. Home Care Packages offer a coordinated approach to the delivery of your in home care services and can be tailored to suit you, in line with your assessed and approved care needs.
There are four levels of HCP support, and your level will be assessed by a professional assessor using a nationally consistent assessment framework to determine which services you are eligible for.
The amount of government funding you receive to put towards your home care differs between the CHSP and HCP. As the CHSP is designed for those who have lower care needs, the funding is less. As HCP are designed for those who have an increased level of care needs, the package funding is higher.